CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- A veteran New York State Police trooper on June 30 used his training, quick thinking and knowledge of CPR to save a young man’s life.
Trooper Seamus Leavey was off-duty and exercising at Vent Fitness, 1220 Route 146, Clifton Park, when the 23-year-old man who had been weight lifting next to him collapsed.
State police report that Leavey determined the man was unconscious and not breathing. Lying on the floor, the man quickly began turning blue. The trooper administered CPR and got the man breathing again but only briefly.
An employee of the gym called 911 and brought the fitness center’s AED (automated external defibrillator) over to the Leavey, who attached the device to the man and proceeded to administer one shock. Leavey followed that with more CPR and eventually administered a second shock. He was about to give the young man a rescue breath when the man began breathing on his own.
The man was standing upright and walking around on his own when emergency personnel arrived.
According to the state police release, the young man did not realize what had occurred and had no recollection of the event. He was transported by EMS personnel for evaluation at a local hospital.
"The data in the AED," the release said, "was downloaded for evaluation by the responding EMS squad and confirmed that the administered CPR and AED usage saved the individuals life.
"Patrons at the gym, EMS personnel and data obtained from the AED all confirm that Trooper Leavey’s actions and his calm execution of his knowledge and training for events such as this saved the young man’s life."
Leavey is a 12-year veteran of New York State Police and assigned as a patrol trooper at the Troop G barracks in Latham. According to the department’s spokesperson Darcy Wells, all New York State Police patrol cars carry AEDs as part of the vehicle’s equipment.
"All of our members assigned to the filed are qualified/certified in CPR and AED use," Wells said. "They are also required to go through recertification."